Cuba Foreign minister thanks Somalia for guaranteeing safe release of abducted doctors

Assel Herera Correa, a general physician, and Landy Rodriguez, a surgeon. They were kidnapped in Mandera on April 12, 2019/ COURTESY

Cuba’s Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez on Monday thanked his Somalia counterpart, Ahmed Isse Awad, for his government’s guarantee the return of the two Cuban doctors kidnapped more than a year ago in Kenya.

In tweet, Rodriguez said he had a telephone conversation with Awad and discussed the matter.

“I had a telephone conversation with the Foreign Minister of Somalia Mr. Ahmed Isse Awad. I appreciated the support and efforts of your government to guarantee the safe return of our kidnapped doctors. We highlight the will to strengthen bilateral ties between the two governments,” Rodriguez said.

Horn region analyst Rasid Abdi said Somali intelligence official confirmed to him the doctors have been released.

The Cuban doctors were kidnapped on April 12, 2019 by suspected Al Shabaab terrorists in Mandera as they headed to work.

In December last year, Cuban Council of Ministers vice president Ines Maria Chapman said the doctors are “well”, and that the two states were working to get them released.

“The Kenyan authorities affirmed that both doctors, Assel Herrera and Landy Rodriguez, are well and they will continue their efforts, as well as those carried out by our country, for their safe return to Cuba,” Chapman told reporters in Havana after returning from a trip to Kenya.

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In April 2020, Cuba President Miguel Diaz-Canel announced tweeted that he had spoken with their families and assured them that despite the Covid-19 pandemic situation, steps for their safe return was underway.

Herrera, is a specialist in Comprehensive General Medicine, while Rodriguez, is a surgeon.


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